2012 NBA Draft: Why the Lakers Should Make Andrew Albicy Mr. Irrelevant

Charles Bennett@chasbennettonbrSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers obviously need some help at point guard: They dealt Derek Fisher midseason, and appear poised to part ways with his replacement, Ramon Sessions.  Steve Blake doesn’t appear to be the long-term solution at the point for the Lake Show.

The Lakers also hold the 60th pick in the NBA Draft later this week.  And one of the players they should look at is a little-known 22-year-old French point guard named Andrew Albicy.

Albicy was passed on in both the 2010 and 2011 NBA Draft, and is projected in most mock drafts to still be available when the Lakers make the “Mr. Irrelevant” pick. 

Among all point guards who have declared for the NBA Draft, Albicy is ranked in the top ten in several draft projection rankings.

Last season with Serie A (the top-level French league) BCM Gravelines, he averaged 12 points and 4 assists a game last season.  He also brought a very strong defensive presence, accurate ambidextrous passing and great speed. In addition, there’s an argument to be made that Albicy is one of the best ball-stealers available in this draft.

His per 48 stats last season come out to 20 points, seven assists, four steals, four rebounds and two three-pointers made.  In all but rebounds, Albicy is better per 48 than Blake.  Albicy also shot better than 40% from downtown.

In terms of sabermetrics, Albicy has had a true shooting percentage better than 58 percent each of his last two seasons, and had a 19.4 PER last season.  He’s also had a assist-to-turnover ratio better than 1.6 each of his last three seasons.

Even though he already has solid numbers, Albicy will also benefit from an Olympic bump. With Tony Parker’s eye injury, he could very well end up the starting point guard on the French national team.    He has previous international experience at the 2010 FIBA Under-20 World Championship, and claimed MVP honors for his efforts. 

Nonetheless, there are two drawbacks to Albicy.  One is that he can’t hit jumpers.  Another is that, at only 5'11", Albicy is several inches shorter than many NBA points, Muggsy Bouges and Earl Boykins notwithstanding.

Despite all this, Andrew Albicy might be the player the Lakers need.  If he is in the backup point guard slot, he could provide two things the Lakers’ anemic bench has been lacking: three's and defensive tenacity off the bench.  To say nothing of the fact that Albicy on the floor is a fast-break opportunity waiting to happen.